Construction work silences annual Thunder Over Augusta

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Fireworks are shot over the Savannah River from the Fifth Street bridge for the 2010 Thunder over Augusta event.

The motorcycle stunt shows, helicopters, skydivers and fireworks won't be thundering into Augusta this year. Thunder Over Augusta, the city's annual Armed Forces Day celebration, will take a break in 2011.


Donnie Thompson, one of the organizers, said TEE Center construction would have made it difficult to use Reynolds Street, as has been done in years past.

"The TEE Center is actually being built on a lot that we used as a parking lot, so everything has been disrupted," he said.

Officers stationed at Fort Gordon have said Augusta's is one of the largest Armed Forces Day celebrations they've ever seen. Highlights include a joint service color guard marching through Augusta Common, live music, a freestyle motor cross stunt show, precision freefall parachute demonstrations and a fireworks display.

Thunder Over Augusta should return in 2012.

"As long as the construction is finished, we will be back," Thompson said. "Or we're considering moving it to Fort Gordon."